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As More College Admins Hired, Perks and Title Porn Out of Control

by Jon Marcus

By now you’ve likely seen the viral “University Title Generator” meme that parodies the culture of academic bureaucracy by listing made-up administrative titles such as “deputy vice president of the committee on community climate,” “principal deputy dean of the committee on learning affairs,” and “temporary lead deputy chancellor of facilities compliance of the task force on alumni service.”

At least, we’re pretty sure they’re made up.

But these aren’t. These actual administrative job titles have appeared over the last few months in academic help-wanted listings.

The number of administrators at American universities and colleges has more than doubled in the last 25 years, vastly outpacing the increase in enrollment. Read here about the perks that go to university administrators nationwide, and here about a backlash against administrator benefits at Massachusetts public colleges and universities, and the legislative investigation that has resulted.

University officials say their administrative payrolls have grown in response to parent expectations and government regulations, among other reasons.

Here are some examples of the jobs they’re filling.

Assistant director of affinity group leadership (University of Denver)

Constituent relationship management program manager (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

Educational talent search academic advisor (Harris Stowe State University)

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1 Comment for “As More College Admins Hired, Perks and Title Porn Out of Control”

  1. I think we all understand that schools need administrators and administrative support staff; however, the hiring of these staff should not impede the ability to fund and hire good teachers. After all, isn’t the reason for the school in the first place to teach. I see this in hospitals too. Lots of hospital administrators taking away from money that should be spent on medical staff and medical support staff. I read recently of a University in California that is all administrators and no faculty. That’s right, no faculty. The student form cohorts and teach each other. It’s getting scary out there. Dr. J. Sass

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